Boys basketball lost to Episcopal 59-52 on Friday in a hard-fought league game. EA got off to an early lead; PC gave them a run for their money, but trailed by 10 points for most of the game. The Quakers didn't let the loss faze them, and on Saturday they returned to Dooney Field House to beat Freire Charter 82-67. Senior Ryan Holmes scored his 1000th point from the foul line early in the game, and contributed 20 points overall in the Quakers' dominant victory. PC played with confidence and maintained their lead through most of the game, ending the first half with a ten-point lead on Freire. The Quaker offense turned up the heat in the third quarter, expanding their lead to 63-45, then held strong through the fourth quarter. Senior Dylan Topaz had a great game, scoring 24 points and going 11-14 from the foul line. Eighth grader Mark Butler put up 12 points in another strong offensive showing, and junior Anthony Ciarocchi scored nine. The boys travel to Malvern for Inter-Ac play on Jan. 29.
Girls basketball had a big win in Friday's game against Springside Chestnut Hill, beating the Blue Devils by a score of 58-39. The Quakers wasted no time getting to work, and finished the first quarter with a lead of 26-8. Senior Emma Maley, sophomore Kait Hnatkowsky and eighth grader Kelsey Bess all sank three-pointers in the second quarter, helping the Quakers extend their lead to 39-14 by halftime. Maley hit a three-pointer then a jump shot to open the third quarter, keeping the offensive momentum going. A fast-break layup from Bess, followed by a three-pointer from junior Kait Carter, brought the Quaker lead to 49-16. SCH made some late-game progress, but couldn't close the gap on the commanding PC offense. During Friday's Senior Night game, Maley led the way with 16 points total, including four three-pointers. Bess scored 12 points, with four three-pointers, and Carmen Williams contributed 11. After a showcase loss to St. Basil on Saturday, the Quakers stand at 19-4 overall, 6-1 in the Inter-Ac. Next, the girls tip off against Inter-Ac rivals Germantown Academy on Jan. 29 at GA.
On Friday, PC wrestling had a tough loss to Germantown Academy. Despite being outmatched and falling by a score of 40-15, the PC team showed great effort and significant improvement all around. On Saturday, the Quakers finished fifth in the PAISAA State Duals Tournament. Penn Charter had three dominant wins throughout the day, against Solebury (41-12), Kiski (39-27) and Malvern's b-team (42-27). The Quakers battled hard against Hill and were narrowly edged out, losing four of the seven contested matches. Sophomore Danny Bach and junior Johnny Giuffrida both finished the weekend undefeated. Next, the boys travel to Haverford for Inter-Ac competition on Feb.1.